The ushering in of Daylight Savings Time will mark the end of El Cerrito Shows UP for this year. Local residents mobilized in 2016 at the height of the Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville to send a message that our community does not tolerate hate and racism. Since that time, residents faithfully appeared week after week (prior to winter darkness) to maintain this message. Some of the human billboard actions were huge, with over 600 people in attendance.
For almost a month, hundreds of local residents responded to the separations of families at the border.
With a plethora of countywide actions from the different organizations of the social justice community, residents “kept the heat on ICE.” (ICE is the acronym for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The County Sheriff finally agreed to end the County’s contract with ICE and no longer houses detained immigrants at West County Jail.
The point of El Cerrito Shows UP has been two-fold:
- To build resistance and remind residents that our current administration cannot be tolerated, accepted or be normalized.
- To create community among people who care about social justice and prevent isolation and depression that can easily beset individuals when power in this country is so abused and intended to promote hate.
Clearly, for those who are politically involved, we know the November 6th elections mean the possibility of stopping the train wreck of policies threatening our health care, education, environment and more. How can we show others that voting can make a difference? On Thursday, October 25th, from 5-7 pm., residents will gather for the last El Cerrito Shows UP for this year. PLEASE JOIN US. We will be focusing our attention to the mid-term with sign’s to remind voters what is at stake. If you haven’t been involved, this is a time you can meet up with others and get involved. Plenty of phone banking, text banking and canvassing is still needed to be done. You can find the Indivisible East Bay ready to get you started.